Retirement Blog

The Retirement Blog approaches the subject the way Gladys Kravitz from the old sitcom “Bewitched” might -- by poking a finger through the blinds, hoping to figure it all out, even the bewildering parts. The blog focuses on the financial issues that ordinary retirees might encounter, with an emphasis on topics like managing 401(k)s, IRAs, Social Security, Medicare and the rapidly disappearing old-fashioned pensions. Even if you have a couple of million bucks in the bank, you might find useful information here, but mostly we try to keep average folks up to date on what it takes to retire comfortably. See the latest Retirement Blog posts below.
Tuesday, May 15, 2012 2:55 pm
By Jennie L. Phipps · Bankrate.com

Talking with your children now about the possibility that you may need their help as you grow older reduces resentments later.

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Monday, May 14, 2012 5:11 pm
By Jennie L. Phipps · Bankrate.com

Boomers are amazingly generous to their adult children, continuing to provide support even at the expense of their own retirement savings.

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Sunday, May 13, 2012 6:00 am
By Jennie L. Phipps · Bankrate.com

Ford is presenting its retirees with the option of trading their monthly pensions for a big lump-sum distribution — facetiously referred to as LSD.

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Friday, May 11, 2012 5:28 pm
By Barbara Whelehan · Bankrate.com

Educators fought for a bill that would winnow their 403(b) choices to a manageable number, and lost.

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Thursday, May 10, 2012 4:26 pm
By Jennie L. Phipps · Bankrate.com

J.D. Power’s annual survey of customer satisfaction with investment managers shows that social media sharing has made investors more critical.

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Wednesday, May 9, 2012 4:02 pm
By Jennie L. Phipps · Bankrate.com

Paying health care costs in retirement promises to be daunting, according to calculations by Fidelity Investments.

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Tuesday, May 8, 2012 5:14 pm
By Jennie L. Phipps · Bankrate.com

I’ve been avoiding writing retirement planning blogs about surveys that tell us what we already know.

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Monday, May 7, 2012 5:12 pm
By Jennie L. Phipps · Bankrate.com

I love the game show Jeopardy! So, I’m taking personally the news that host Alex Trebek is considering retirement.

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Sunday, May 6, 2012 6:00 am
By Jennie L. Phipps · Bankrate.com

Eligibility for government programs that help the poor is a moving target, and eligibility can vanish if the recipient’s income rises.

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Friday, May 4, 2012 4:39 pm
By Barbara Whelehan · Bankrate.com

Financial advisers say they need more education on retirement income planning. So where do we go for help?

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